AI: From bench to bot

This column by Tim Requarth explores the promises and pitfalls of artificial-intelligence tools in writing—when it can make writing better, faster and easier, and how to navigate the minefield of possible dangers.

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Boost your writing with AI personas

Asking ChatGPT to review your own grant proposals can help you spot weaknesses.

By Tim Requarth
5 April 2024 | 10 min read
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From bench to bot: How to use AI to structure your writing

When given specific examples, ChatGPT can generate templates to help guide different types of documents.

By Tim Requarth
8 January 2024 | 11 min read
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From bench to bot: How to use AI tools to convert notes into a draft

ChatGPT can capitalize on the highly ordered nature of scientific writing to streamline your writing process.

By Tim Requarth
27 November 2023 | 10 min read
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From bench to bot: A scientist’s guide to AI-powered writing

I was initially skeptical of artificial-intelligence tools such as ChatGPT for scientific writing. But after months of using and teaching generative artificial intelligence, I have come to realize that it has a place in the scientific writer’s tool kit, even if it can’t write that grant for you from scratch.

By Tim Requarth
13 November 2023 | 6 min read

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